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GDPR Players on the Client’s Stage

GDPR Players on the Client’s Stage

The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation or GDPR has the full force of law from 25 May 2018, no matter what Brexit may hold in store. In a few choice syllables, it affirms that personal information belongs to individuals, and they have complete control over what happens to it.

Mechanising Insurance Claim Adjudication – Is This Possible?

Mechanising Insurance Claim Adjudication – Is This Possible?

We have been mechanising tasks since the industrial revolution, which created opportunities for the people it replaced. The internet has been alive with news of robots taking away our jobs too. Business Insider thinks low-wage-low-tech jobs are most likely to feel the crunch.

Viareggio New Way for Regal Sailing

Viareggio New Way for Regal Sailing

The name of the town of Viareggio in northern Tuscany translates loosely to ‘the way of the king.’ During the 16th Century, it was the only gate to the sea for the Republic of Lucca. It must have seen some grand royal ships coming and going in those days.

Saxon Way to Save Relationships

Saxon Way to Save Relationships

Biertan in Transylvania, Romania shelters in a peaceful valley around an ancient fortified church. This was once the see of the Saxon Lutheran Church from 1572 to 1867, and hence the home base of the bishop. Other nearby towns resented its thriving market place, and so the church doubled as a fortress.

Drilling in India’s Western Ghats

Drilling in India’s Western Ghats

The Western Ghats of India, AKA the Benevolent Mountains or Sahyadri, run parallel to the western coast of the vast subcontinent. The mountains are a biologically diverse world heritage site with over 7,402 species of flowering plants, and 1,814 species of non-flowering ones.

Blurring Human and Robot Boundaries

Blurring Human and Robot Boundaries

The Biomechatronics Unit at the MIT is making progress with its journey towards the end of disability. Prof Hugh Herr heads the program with a remarkable degree of passion as if sensing the need for a solution. If anybody, he should know.

Sinkhole in Land O’ Lakes Tampa

Sinkhole in Land O’ Lakes Tampa

A 200-foot wide sinkhole has swallowed two houses in Land O’Lakes, Tampa in Pasco County, Florida. From where we sit, this is a typical American settlement with a population of 31,154 people when last counted in 2010.

Subsidence Cycles of the Seasons

Subsidence Cycles of the Seasons

Subsidence occurs quite frequently in some areas of the UK, especially in older homes. Indicators are high absorbent clay, and wet winters followed but unusually dry summers. These conditions cause the wet clay to expand further during the damp period, and contract more as it dries.

Replace lead pipes, says Auger

Replace lead pipes, says Auger

Market-leading independent drainage and water supply pipe specialist Auger – serving the UK-wide insurance industry – is calling for lead pipes to be replaced rather than repaired wherever possible. The use of lead in water pipes has been banned since 1970 because of its harmful effects and government advice is that the public should ‘limit [...]

Are the World’s Oceans in a Mess?

Are the World’s Oceans in a Mess?

News just in from the UN indicates we need new rules to protect the open seas quite urgently. Or, should we say regulation rather, because 60% of the ocean is outside national jurisdiction. Scientists are preparing a UN Report that will say the Bay of Bengal has reached a tipping point

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